A Night to Honor Peg & Sue
Thank You Peg & Sue!
By Jill Berry
There are some people who just belong together, like Batman & Robin, Gilbert & Sullivan, and even Barbie & Ken. At the Arboretum, everyone knows that Peg & Sue are just such a dynamic duo, known for their great cooking, expertise, fun and hilarity. The two became friends in the early 1970s when their children were in kindergarten in Pasadena. “It was our love of cooking, and experimenting with all sorts of cuisines, and curiosity about ethnic foods and appetites that cemented the friendship,” Susan said.
“We began by giving dinner parties together” added Peggy Rahn. “We each would invite half the guests and then cook for days! People started asking to come early to watch as we cooked, and that’s how Inner Gourmet was born in 1974.” “We were fearless,” said Susan Kranwinkle, “trying to make authentic mole, homemade pasta, all sorts of French pastries, roasting a whole suckling pig, doing day-long Mexican classes, and ending with an eating extravaganza that included husbands.”
Peggy will never forget the time when they were preparing snails from scratch and she had the honor of “purging” them at her house. One morning a scream from downstairs brought Peggy rushing to the kitchen where she found snails crawling all over her pantry wall and ceiling. After that, it was canned snails only!! In addition to classes, the Inner Gourmet gals wrote a cookbook, led over a dozen cooking tours to Europe, were hosts on “KNX Food News” and did local as well as national TV. Inner Gourmet closed its kitchens in the mid-1990s when Susan and her husband relocated (temporarily) to New York.
Both avid gardeners, the two women became involved with the Arboretum long before the Fresh cooking classes. Susan joined the Arboretum Foundation Board of Trustees in 1988, and became President in 1992. During Peggy’s nine-year stint on the Foundation Board, she created the popular Fresh: Celebrating the Table series in 2002. After Susan came back to town, Peggy lured her into launching what became an annual “Party Starters” fundraiser known as the Peg & Sue Show to help underwrite the Fresh cooking classes.
The Arboretum will proudly honor Peggy and Susan for their long-standing support and commitment to the garden as well as to other community organizations. Susan has been involved with Kidspace Children’s Museum, Old Mill Foundation, Garden Club of America (GCA) and again as an Arboretum trustee beginning in 2012. Peggy also served on the Foundation Board, worked on Arboretum Garden Shows, judged the James Beard Cookbook Awards, and served as President of the Los Angeles chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a group of professional women in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality.
PLEASE Join us on OCTOBER 1 for the GALA dinner in the garden to celebrate the contributions of Peggy and Susan. Tickets are $250 per person. The event will raise funds for the Arboretum children’s education programs. One of their most enduring memories of the Arboretum is the re-occurring vision of children pouring off bright yellow school buses. The awe and excitement on the children’s faces as they explore our 127-acre urban paradise is something Peg & Sue want to see continue with your support!
Help us meet a $75,000 Challenge Grant from the Confidence Foundation! Donations of all sizes count!
Special thanks to our Gala Dinner Sponsors
Nancy & Michael Harahan
Youth Education Advocate-$5,000
Mary Blodgett & Carlton Calvin
Richard Schulhof & Sandra Goodenough
Field Science Sponsor-$2,500
Jim & Sue Femino
To request an invitation or for additional information on the Night to Honor Peg & Sue Gala Dinner, please contact Brittany Fabeck at 626-821-3237 or via email at Brittany.Fabeck@Arboretum.org.